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Spider-Man: Edge of Time (3DS)

Spider-Man: Edge of Time (3DS)

It ain't easy being radioactive

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions had a lot going for it last year with its snappy presentation of four incarnations of the webhead powered by a scrappy developer. While not quite in swinging distance of comic game king Batman: Arkham Asylum, Shattered Dimensions brought a massive jolt to a franchise on life support...

Deca Sports Extreme (3DS)

Deca Sports Extreme (3DS)

Sixth time the charm?

When we first played Wii Sports back in 2006, it woke us up to the potential of sports compilations to provide simple yet rich entertainment. When it was at its best, it boiled down a game to its essence, then refined that to make something truly special. Since then, countless titles have attempted to reproduce the formula, and...

Frogger 3D (3DS)

Frogger 3D (3DS)

Look both ways before crossing this game

Why did the frog cross the road? We've still yet to receive an answer, but the little guy's been doing it for 30 years. Marking his birthday is Frogger 3D, begging the question: can yet another entry really bring anything new to the table? The answer is yes, as this title takes the little amphibian on a...

FIFA 12 (3DS)

FIFA 12 (3DS)

A narrow miss

When the 3DS launched in March, Konami instantly seized the opportunity to provide the first football – or soccer, for our US readers – title on the 3DS, with Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D. While that title was prompt but light on content, FIFA 12 has emerged for the second half of the year to attempt a comeback; can it turn the game on its head? Of vital importance to any football..

Tetris Axis (3DS)

Tetris Axis (3DS)

Egads! Tetrominos!

Tetris and handhelds go together like apples and cinnamon, and no more clear has this symbiotic relationship been than on Nintendo hardware, from the time Tetris first dropped like a well-placed I-block into Game Boys everywhere. Tetris DX followed with a splash of colour and tighter play on Game Boy Color, and the...

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (3DS)

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (3DS)

Cool as hell

Nintendo 3DS owners don't have many choices when it comes to picking out a new RPG nowadays. Aside from DS games, the only title currently out in the genre is Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked, which is itself a port of a 2009 DS game. Atlus's decision to bring the title over to the 3DS may seem a bit confusing at first,...

Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection (3DS)

Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection (3DS)

Top of the high score table or tilt?

When was the last time you played a really great pinball table? Not a digital approximation but an actual whiz-bangin', light-flashin', chaos table? Sadly, the agonising death of the arcade has put a damper on the availability of pinball tables, and unless you're one of the lucky few who live nearby a...

Thor: God of Thunder (3DS)

Thor: God of Thunder (3DS)

Does 3D Thor give 2D a hammering?

When SEGA decided to port Thor: God of Thunder to 3DS, there were two clear routes available: could build upon the DS game, a well-received pixel art 2D side-scrolling brawler by WayForward, or directly convert Red Fly Studio’s third person Wii hack-and-slash title. It chose the latter — after all Red Fly has built a reputation on Wii for fun movie licensed..

Puzzler Mind Gym 3D (3DS)

Puzzler Mind Gym 3D (3DS)

Fair-ebellum

Brains – we've all got 'em, and up until 2006, many thought that video games would rot 'em. That's when a certain Dr. Kawashima came on the DS scene with his Brain Age training game and showed people, with the help of some (since called into question) science, that with simple math problems and puzzles intended to exercise different areas of thought, you could keep in good mental..

Driver: Renegade 3D (3DS)

Driver: Renegade 3D (3DS)

Stuck in neutral

Driving and racing games have, so far, been relatively well represented on the 3DS in its early lifespan, with Ridge Racer 3D and Asphalt 3D competing for the affections of driving fans. Ubisoft has now joined in with Driver Renegade 3D, an exclusive title in the franchise for the handheld. Does it provide a high-octane adrenaline...

BIT.TRIP SAGA (3DS)

BIT.TRIP SAGA (3DS)

BIT.TRIP for your trip

It's impossible to deny just how successful Gaijin Games has been at capturing the old-school flavor of video games from our past and their ability to mould those sensibilities with modern technology. Their BIT.TRIP series has spawned some of the most popular downloads available on WiiWare and is now making a go at retail...

Star Fox 64 3D (3DS)

Star Fox 64 3D (3DS)

Just like old times, huh Fox?

When the remake of Star Fox 64 was announced for 3DS, it joined Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D as part of Nintendo’s N64 re-release launch strategy. Opinion will vary on the merits of releasing these titles on the handheld, with some pining after the new titles on the horizon. What we can say after a lot of time...

Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions (3DS)

Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions (3DS)

Waka waka waka

Pac-Man and Galaga have provided 30 years worth of entertainment, coin shortages, hit songs and waka-wakas across the world, and to celebrate Namco has cooked up a number of presents for fans. One such present is Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions, a six-layer cake iced with 3D. But instead of a tasty bakery delight, some dead bugs have...

Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters (3DS)

Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters (3DS)

"Anything I see in my mind, I cannot create"

The premise behind the superhero powers of the Lantern Corps, in which a Green Lantern can use their willpower to create solid green light constructs based upon anything they imagine, is a near impossible ability to recreate in a video game. It would take a brave developer to truly innovate in a game...

DualPenSports (3DS)

DualPenSports (3DS)

More is less

Whenever a title advertises a unique, never-before-seen element, the test of whether it's a true innovation or a simple gimmick largely comes down to whether it improves gameplay. DualPenSports is built around one such thing: two oversized plastic yellow styluses are included in the case. But, wait, the 3DS has a single-touch interface,...

Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Stealth Force Edition (3DS)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Stealth Force Edition (3DS)

Transformers! Now with less transforming

When you think of Transformers, you likely recall the catchphrase “robots in disguise.” Autobots and Decepticons can go from behemoth robot to your average GMC in a heartbeat, able to fool unsuspecting eyes into thinking they are no more than your everyday automobile. So it seems a bit strange to then transform halfway back into a robot and dub your new..

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (3DS)

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (3DS)

Score-based survival horror

Resident Evil 4 was a real turning point for Capcom’s survival horror series. Prior to its launch, the franchise was in serious danger of losing its relevance, but the changes introduced in the fourth instalment did much to reassert its dominance of the genre. It's also notable as the birthplace of the popular...

Cubic Ninja (3DS)

Cubic Ninja (3DS)

Is it hip to be square?

The first generation of games for new hardware is a funny batch. Titles that may go overlooked once the software library is defined and rolling full-steam ahead get their chance to shine, partly because there isn't much else out yet and partly because people want to justify all that money just spent by not letting their new...

Naruto Shippuden 3D: The New Era (3DS)

Naruto Shippuden 3D: The New Era (3DS)

Losing the way of the ninja

By publishing Tomy’s Naruto Shippuden 3D: The New Era, 505 Games is clearly counting on the popularity of the anime show outside of Japan. With over 200 episodes aired the show has accrued a loyal fan base, so it's hardly surprising that this 3DS entry has made it to European shores, with a US release later in the year...

Cartoon Network Punch Time Explosion (3DS)

Cartoon Network Punch Time Explosion (3DS)

Smash Bros. Lite

Punching a Powerpuff Girl in the face is always a welcomed experience. So is hitting Dexter in the head with a giant candy cane, or drop-kicking Samurai Jack off of a cliff. In Cartoon Network Punch Time Explosion all these things happen and more, as numerous Cartoon Network franchises come together to duke it out in an Super Smash...